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Electric Snow Blower

Thought this was different. I wouldn't want it but it has a powerful DC electric motor.

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Well that was kind of short and a little disappointing. Here's a bit longer vid of one eating snow.


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I like the concept. Def blowing good snow in that second video. Carrying those two big batteries would add weight to the machine which would likely help with traction. Of course you'd need to keep the batts on trickle chargers I guess.

Only problem I see: batteries apparently don't like being run down a lot, it's detrimental to the overall life of the battery. I imagine those batteries would probably run down pretty good after an hour? So if you had to spring for new expensive batteries every few years, that would hurt.

That said I'm thinking we're going to see a lot more machines like this in the future.

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Regular automotive batteries do not like being run way down, it does damage them. Deep cycle batteries like the ones used for fishing trolling motors would be the choice. They are built to run way down and recharge.

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Agreed, if lead acid, deep cycles are a much better choice. But they are still somewhat slow to recharge.

Lithium are lighter, higher capacity, and quicker to charge. But $$$, and maybe less tolerant of abuse.

Battery powered blowers are still not a great idea, IMO. The machines have to work very hard, so a large load on the batteries.

And if the batteries die before you finish, you suddenly have to decide what you're going to do. Especially if you're clearing in the morning, to get to work.

I'd much rather be able to just refill a tank.

Ariens sold a battery powered one for a few years, but I think they took it off the market.

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